Long-headed darter, a species thought to be locally extinct, rediscovered in the Ohio River


The long-headed darter, a native species thought to be extinct in Ohio.

A creature native to Ohio, believed to be locally extinct, was recently found in the Ohio River.

The Ohio Wildlife Division shared a photo of the “striking” long-headed darter, a species thought to be “extinct,” to social media on Thursday.

An extinct creature is considered locally extinct but not globally extinct.

One was collected under the Montgomery Dam near Pittsburgh and the other under the New Cumberland Dam near Stratton, Ohio, said John Navarro, Ohio Natural Resources Division administrator for the program. aquatic stewardship of wildlife.

These were the first Ohio captures since 1939, when seven were found in the Walhonding River in east-central Ohio.

Navarro said he “definitely” believes the long-headed darter is making a comeback in the state and in the Ohio River, thanks to the increase in water quality following the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, which helped regulate water pollution.

They have also been found in the Allegheny River, upstream of the Ohio River.

Long-headed darters are freshwater carnivorous fish with radiated fins, which prefer a habitat in small to medium-sized rock pools, streams, and rivers. Long-headed Darter is known or thought to live in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

They were likely to have escaped detection due to the water quality and habitat, Navarro said. Because the water quality of the Ohio River was poor before the Clean Water Act, they were forced to “hang out” in other areas.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Fish believed to be locally extinct is found in the Ohio River


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